Date published: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Synopsis: Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.
All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.
What I Thought:
Best Kind of Broken is a phenomenal book. I can't stress how much I loved it. I wasn't expecting to, but once I started reading, any preconceived notions I had about this book fell away and all that was left was me immersing myself in the story. This is one of my top reads from the first half of 2014. I can't wait until it comes out in paperback in January 2015 so I can add it to my shelves.
Lets talk about Levi and Pixie. These two are so enraged with each other and I couldn't figure out why especially since the sparks between the two of them were so hot. I thought I'd be able to guess why or why seeing the scar Pixie had bothered Levi so much, but I wasn't even close. The truth behind Levi and Pixie's silence and anger broke me. I'm not ashamed to admit I broke down and cried more than once. While both of them are broken, they can't see that their barbs and jabs at each other only mask their fears and hurts.
While I cried reading this book, I laughed often too. Some of it was due to the pranks Levi and Pixie pulled on each other and others were due to their friend's antics. I look forward to reading more books featuring each one of them and hopefully seeing more Levi and Pixie too. I loved everyone in this book except for Sandra, Pixie's mother. I can honestly say I abhorred her with a passion.
As much as I loved this book, I am beyond impressed with Chelsea Fine. After all she's the one responsible for both the agony I felt as I learned of the cause of Pixie and Levi's pain and the joy when they finally found a way to divulge the truth to each other. Not to mention the fact I read this book in under three hours, all in one sitting. I lost sleep and skipped dinner all because I was unable to stop reading.
Every once in a while I'll read a book that tears me apart and puts me back together, changing me in small ways. Best Kind of Broken is such a book. It'll stay with you long after you've finished the last page and you'll love it for doing just that.
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About the Author: Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.
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*I was given a copy by the publisher for review via Netgalley. I wasn't compensated in any manner and all my opinions are my own. I did buy myself an e-copy after reading the book.*